Wednesday, August 24, 2005


Root Beer

Rogueclassicism points to a cartoon in which a character asks, "What's the Greek term for 'root beer'?"

Sauvage Noble takes up the challenge and suggests νίτρον (nítron), soda, although he recognizes that this is actually sodium carbonate or soda ash, not the sodium bicarbonate or baking soda which when combined with vinegar produces carbon dioxide gas, the bubbles in our soda pop.

I would suggest πομφολυγηρά ἐκ ῥίζων πόσις (pompholygerá ek rhízon pósis), bubbly drink from roots. The ancient Greek for beer is ἐκ κριθῶν μέθυ (ek krithôn méthy), alcoholic drink from barley.

There is probably a modern Greek expression for root beer, but I don't know what it is.

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